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Posted August 17, 2012 | 26 Comments
Sanity evaluation ordered for defendant in stabbing case
By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
A Warren County judge has ordered a sanity evaluation for Ricky Brian Henry while he faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated malicious wounding linked to the stabbing of his wife Tuesday night.
Juvenile and domestic relations court Judge William Sharp ordered the sanity report at the request of Eric Wiseley, Henry's court-appointed attorney. Sharp also scheduled a preliminary hearing for 11 a.m. on Nov. 29.
Henry, 32, appeared in the courtroom with a blackened right eye and flanked by two bailiffs as he sat with Wiseley at the defense table. He rested his head in his right hand and drummed his fingers across his forehead at one point while he spoke with Wiseley. He made no statements to the judge.
Authorities claim Henry severely wounded his wife in a stabbing attack on Apple Mountain Road just north of Interstate 66 near Linden. Law enforcement officials reported that several bystanders intervened to prevent further injury to Lakisha Henry, 33. An eyewitness said that three or four men fought to subdue Lakisha Henry's assailant while others tended to her in the minutes before sheriff's deputies and paramedics reached the scene.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Fleming said after the hearing that the arrest warrant listed Henry as 6 feet tall and 225 pounds.
Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron reported Wednesday that Lakisha Henry was in critical condition at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, where she was airlifted by helicopter from the crime scene less than an hour after the stabbing. McEathron said she remained in the hospital Friday, but had no further word on her condition.
Fleming told Sharp he also was unsure of Lakisha Henry's condition as they discussed scheduling the preliminary hearing.
"We're not sure if she is going to be released from the hospital or if more surgery is needed," Fleming said.
Sheriff's Office investigators filed search warrants in circuit court for two vehicles and the Henry home at 90 Rambo Court in Linden after the stabbing. Both vehicles, a silver 1999 Suburu and a white 2004 Chevrolet truck, are registered to Ricky Henry, according to the warrant.
The affidavit to the warrant written by sheriff's Investigator Dan Simmons states that Lakisha Henry suffered "life threatening injuries" while being stabbed by her husband. Simmons said other deputies and investigators obtained several spoken and written statements from witnesses that "Ricky Henry had attacked Lakisha Henry with a knife."
"Ricky advised that he arrived at the location on Apple Mountain Road in his truck and had gotten into the Suburu which was being driven by Lakisha," Simmons wrote. "A witness observed Lakisha exit the vehicle and run screaming for help."
Simmons said the two vehicles were parked next to each other when he arrived.
"It is unknown if the incident began along the roadside of Apple Mountain Road" or was the continuation of a conflict that began elsewhere, the affidavit states.
The search warrant inventory and return shows a cell phone and charger, wallet, $56 in currency and keys to the Chevrolet truck seized by authorities.
Henry, who is being held without bail, was returned to the Warren County Jail after the hearing.
At the time of the stabbing, Henry was serving a sentence imposed last year for a drug-related charge and was participating in the jail's work release electronic home monitoring program, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Henry was arrested in March 2011 along with two other men. The arrests came at Henry's home where sheriff's deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service were seeking the two other men who were wanted by authorities in Georgia.
The sheriff's deputies discovered more than five pounds of marijuana in two five-gallon buckets inside the Henry home at the time of the arrests, according to court documents. Henry was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute more than five pounds of marijuana.